About The Artist
Faith Taylor began her career as a self-taught mural artist in Los Angeles during the late 1980s. She was commissioned to paint over 2,000 murals in homes and businesses across Southern California before switching to canvas 14 years ago. Currently, Faith’s guiding inspiration is the concept of a far-off horizon. She finds hope and comfort in looking to the distance, to the future. “Horizons inspire me,” the artist says. “I find depth comforting as it not only gives my eyes a place to wander, but my mind a place to go and relax or explore.” Faith creates depth in her oil paintings by applying multiple layers of oil paint and glazes, waiting for days in between to allow the paint to dry. Faith's methodical layering technique is reflected in the patient and thoughtful mood of her artwork. The muted, earthy palette she employs encourages the viewer to meditate on each painting, gazing deeply to the abstracted horizon line.
With no warning whatsoever, life presented me with a "Detour." What originally appeared to be a major inconvenience has turned out to be an adventure of spirit and artistic growth. I have almost always painted from memory, but now that I'm in unfamiliar territory I have no memories from which to tap into. So, with this new direction, I'm "off-roading" with new colors and new adventures in bold strokes. I am now creating without a preconceived notion of the finished product. Painting intuitively and spontaneously is giving me a sense of freedom and power like I’ve never known. As an artist, it’s my job to tap into this new-found power of spontaneity and uncertainty and ask questions and ask again. I paint and paint again. It’s a time to trust the energy of my creativity now more than ever. There is a sensation in my studio of feeling lost and found simultaneously. The harmony of that essence is where I learn to grow and learn to be fearless. The ‘reason’ for the detour is becoming more and more obvious and I’m learning to find comfort far, far from my originally well-defined comfort zone. It may take hours, days, weeks or months to complete a painting, but the story that emerges from this new process is my story. I am transcribing a time and place or wordless thoughts. They are autobiographical and have a direct through-line to the essence of who I am. And, as in often the case with life’s events, they are unforeseen and created through a series of moments, with each moment adding up to now. My visual language is maturing and I am discovering an even deeper sense of who I am as an artist as I detour ahead.